History of team streaks without being no-hit

In mid-June, if all goes well, the Cubs will play their 1,000th consecutive game in which they made at least 1 hit.

The count stands at 959 through Sunday.

As diehard fans, we all know that the Cubs own the all-time record for most games without being no-hit -- even we don't know the precise number, 7,920.

The streak began when Billy Williams singled in the third inning at San Francisco on Sept. 10, 1965, the day night Sandy Koufax had fashioned a perfect game against the Cubs at Los Angeles.

It came to an end on July 25, 2015, when Kris Bryant's fly ball was caught on the warning track in center field at Wrigley Field to complete a no-hitter by Cole Hamels of the Phillies.


During the streak, the Cubs were held to 1 hit in 22 games, the first of them in the next-to-last game of 1965 and the last on July 31, 2012, just short of 3 years before the streak was broken.

Both of those games were against the Pirates. The Cubs also managed a lone hit 4 times each against the Cardinals and Mets; 3 times against the Dodgers, 2 times against the Giants, Padres and Reds; and once against the Astros, Diamondbacks and Marlins.

Did you ever wonder what the record was before the Cubs claimed it? What the second-longest streak is?

For the answers to those questions and several more, read on.



Sixteen teams began the Modern Era in 1901.

The Milwaukee Brewers were no-hit in their 56th game; the Cardinals, in their 72nd.

The Tigers made hits in their first 263 games; the Baltimore Orioles, in their first 274.

The Cubs played 414 games before they were held hitless by Chick Fraser of the Phillies at the West Side Grounds on Sept. 18, 1903.


One by one, the 11 remaining teams were no-hit for the first time.

The Giants lasted 997 games, until a 5-inning loss on Aug. 23, 1907.

The Senators' streak was snapped at 1,031 games, also in 5 innings, on the final day of the same season.

The Red Sox made it through 1,172 games, until Sept. 18, 1908.

The Indians reached 1,371, then were held without a hit on May 12, 1910.

That left the Pirates as the last team never to go hitless. They matched the Indians' total the same day that Cleveland's streak ended, then claimed the record the next day when Bobby Byrne led off the game with a double.


FIRST TO 2,000

Game after game, season after season, the Pirates made at least 1 hit. The streak grew to 1,500 games late in 1910, then to 2,000 early in 1914.

And it continued to grow through the rest of that season, all of the next and the first 47 games of 1916.

It ended after 2,330 games, on June 15, in a 2-0 loss at Boston -- nearly 1,000 games more than the previous best by the Braves.



The Braves had a long hit streak of their own going when they snapped the Pirates' strak, not having been no-hit since Sept. 7, 1908.

In 1924, they surpassed the Pirates' total. They were at 2,398 games when they failed to make a hit in a loss at St. Louis on July 17, 1924.

But the Braves did not earn the record. Nor did the Dodgers, who made hits in 3,034 straight games from April of 1914 through Sept. 21, 1934.

That's because the Reds began a streak on on May 5, 1907, that lasted for more than 3 decades. They had eclipsed the Pirates in 1922, 2 years before the Braves did.

The Reds' streak reached 4,701 games while they dropped both games of a doubleheader at home to the Cubs on Aug. 22, 1937. They did not play again for 5 days, and when they did they failed to make a hit in an 8-inning game at Brooklyn.


FIRST TO 5,000

The Giants were the next team to hold the record.

They were no-hit by Jimmy Lavender of the Cubs in the opener of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds on Aug. 31, 1915.

They made 12 hits in Game 2, then at least 1 in the remaining 36 games of the season -- and every game of the next 30 seasons.

They raised the record to 4,702 in a win at home against the Reds on July 26, 1946, then became the first team with a hit in 5,000 consecutive games when Willard Marshall delivered a 2-out RBI single in the first inning at Cincinnati on July 18, 1948.

The Giants' streak ended less than 2 months later, on Sept. 9, at home against the Dodgers. It had lasted 5,053 games.



They didn't keep the record for very long.

On May 2, 1917, Fred Toney of the Reds and Hippo Vaughn of the Cubs both pitched 9 no-hit innings at Weeghman Park, today's Wrigley Field.

The Reds mustered 2 hits in the 10th, with the second, by Jim Thorpe, driving in a run. Toney then set down the Cubs in order to complete his no-hitter.

The Cubs would not fail to make at least 1 hit in every game for more than 35 years.

Their streak reached 2,500 games in Game 1 of a doubleheader on July 9, 1933, and 5,000 on Aug. 9, 1949.


The Cubs matched the Giants' 5,053 games when Wayne Terwilliger singled leading off the bottom of the first inning against the Phillies on May 2, 1950. He was caught stealing moments later, but the Cubs made 4 more hits in the inning, scored 3 runs and went on to win, 10-8.

The next day, the Cubs broke the record on Andy Pafko's 1-out single in the second. Randy Jackson then hit into a double play and the Cubs ultimately lost, 5-2.

The Cubs kept adding to the streak for more than 2 years. It was at 5,413 after a 6-5, 11-inning loss at Brooklyn on the afternoon of June 18, 1952.

The following afternoon, Carl Erskine got Eddie Miksis to ground out to finish a 5-0 no-hitter.


FIRST TO 6,000

That night, the Cardinals collected 15 hits in a 7-1 win at Philadelphia.

It was the 5,141st straight game in which St. Louis had made a hit, since being no-hit at Cincinnati on May 11, 1919.

The Cards tied the Cubs' record of 5,413 at Cincinnati on May 8, 1954, then broke it in Game 1 of a doubleheader the next day.

On Sept. 17, 1957, Wally Moon's second-inning RBI single at home against the Dodgers made the Cardinals to first team with a hit in 6,000 consecutive games.

Then they made 1 in every game for more than 2 more years, for a total of 6,313, through a loss at home to the Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1959. The Cards were held to 5 hits in that game. After a day off and a rain out, they were no-hit by the Giants.



The Cubs' streak that began in 1965 reached 2,500 games on Aug. 10, 1981 -- their first game after a strike that interrupted the season for 59 days.

The 5,000th game was on July 12, 1997: a 2-1, 12-inning loss to the Cardinals.

They tied the Cards' mark of 6,313 games when they made 3 hits while losing, 6-0, at Atlanta on July 28, 1997.

The next night, Doug Glanville led off the game with a single, giving the Cubs the record once more. Like Terwilliger in the record-tying game nearly half a century earlier, Glanville tried to steal and was thrown out. The Cubs finished with 12 hits, but lost, 7-2.

Kosuke Fukudome's 1-out double in the first inning at St. Louis on Sept. 18, 2009, extended the streak to 7,000 games.

It reached 7,500 on Oct. 2, the next-to-last day of 2012, when Starlin Castro doubled with 1 out in the second.

When it ended, on July 25, 2015, at 7,920, it was 1,607 games longer the previous mark -- more than 25 percent!



On June 21, 2015, the Reds became the second team to make a hit in 7,000 straight games. Their streak had begun almost exactly 44 years earlier, on June 24, 1971.

The day that the Cubs were no-hit, the Reds' streak reached 7,027.

It was 7,094 when the season ended.

But it lasted only 15 games into 2016 before Jake Arrieta of the Cubs held the Reds hitless in a 16-0 rout at Cincinnati on April 21. At 7,109, it was 811 games shorter than the Cubs' total.



Here is the evolution of the record in table form:

2,330: Pirates, start of 1901-June 15, 1916

4,701: Reds, May 9, 1907-Aug. 22, 1937

5,053: Giants, Aug. 31, 1915-Sept. 8, 1948

5,413: Cubs, May 3-1917-June 18, 1952

6,313: Cardinals, May 13, 1919-Sept. 23, 1959

7,920: Cubs, Sept. 10, 1965-July 24, 2015



The record never has been held by an American League team.

The Royals hold the AL mark of 5,550 games, from May 16, 1973, through May 18, 2008. The Yankees had a streak of 5,027 in 1958-90.

Since 1901, there have been 8 streaks of at least 5,000 games. There could be a ninth next year; through Monday, the Athletics had made a hit in 4,790 games.


The A's streak is the latest of 6 of more than 4,000 games but fewer than 5,000.

There have been 19 in the 3,000s, 34 in the 2,000s and 66 in the 1,000s, for a total of 135 that reached 4 digits.

The Cubs have had 4 of those 135 streaks. In addition to their runs of 7,920 and 5,413 games, they made hits in 1,827 straight from June 14, 1905 through May 1, 1917, and in 2,102 straight from June 20, 1952 through Aug. 17, 1965.



The Nationals have an ongoing streak of 3,558 games; the Angels, 3,507; the Yankees, 2,936; and the Royals, 2,143.

Nine more teams have not been no-hit in at least their 1,000 games, from the White Sox (1,670) to the Marlins (1,052).

The Phillies had gone 1,167 games before 5 Mets pitchers combined to hold them hitless on April 29.



The current streaks by the Nationals and Angels are the longest in the history of their franchises. So is the Rays' active streak of 1,425 games.

Here are the longest streak by each of the 30 teams, in alphabetical order by their standard 3-letter abbreviation, for easier comparison:

ARI: 1,700

ATL: 3,954

BAL: 2,517

CHC: 7,920

CHW: 3,471

CIN: 7,109

CLE: 3,652

COL: 2,837

DET: 3,320

HOU: 4,407

KCR: 5,550

LAA: 3,507

LAD: 4,132

MIA: 2,389

MIL: 3,142

MIN: 4,662

NYM: 3,414

NYY: 5,027

OAK: 4,786

PHI: 4,038

PIT: 6,541

SDP: 1,452

SEA: 2,567

SFG: 5,053

STL: 6,313

TBR: 1,425

TEX: 3,510

TOR: 3,185

WSN: 3,558


The Orioles' streak began when they were the St. Louis Browns and ended after they moved to Baltimore.

The Dodgers' streak began when they were in Brooklyn and ended in Los Angeles.

The Twins' streak came when they were the Washington Senators. Since their move to Minnesota, their longest streak was 3,646 games.

The Giants' record came when they were in New York. Since their move to San Francisco, their longest streak was 1,852 games.

The Nationals' record began when they were in Montreal and has continued since they moved to Washington.

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